Apart from vomiting, cat diarrhea is one of the grossest and scariest things to happen to your cat. I know, it’s sick stuff but we gotta talk about it like adults. Yes? Yes.
BTW. Both my cats Tini and Cheddar at some time have gone through diarrhea. Turns out Tini has pancreatitis, which we monitor all the time. It’s manageable, but make sure you catch it early.
The Causes – So What’s The Deal With Cat Diarrhea?
- Blockage – It could be a hairball or a foreign object. Hopefully it’ll pass with time but if not you’ll have to see your vet
- An infection – Just like us, your cat can get an infection. Maybe some salmonella or even an infestation of cat worms!
- Colitis – This is an inflammation of the colon or the large intestine.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – The usual symptoms will crop up. Vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss.
- Diet Change – A drastic switch in cat food (say from wet to dry) can cause diarrhea. Your cat is more sensitive than you are and is much more used to routine. To gradually change your cat’s diet, check out this post »
- Food allergies or intolerances – Many cats are actually lactose intolerant, which really slaps the kitten-lapping-the-milk stereotype in the face. BUT your cat can also be allergic to a myriad other things. If this diarrhea is new, see if you can pinpoint a change in their diet.
- Poison or toxins - If you’ve got houseplants there may be a good chance your cat’s nibbling on them.
- Pancreatitis – My cat Tini has this and it’s usually accompanied with vomit. It’s no fun. We eventually took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with Pancreatitis.
- Kidney or liver disease – This is a big fear of mine. When in doubt, see the vet.
- Hyperthyroidism – This is more prevalent in older cats and means their thyroid glands are overactive. If your kitty’s got this expect weight loss and some fur loss.
The Cures – How You Can Target The Root Cause And Get Rid Of Cat Diarrhea
- Depending on the cause, you’ll have a different solution to your cat’s diarrhea. But the first step is to examine the stool. Is there blood? How often has this happened. If it’s only once and it hasn’t happened since, then your cat may have been passing a blockage or getting used to a diet change.
- If there’s blood let your vet know immediately!
- Note any changes that have happened right before the diarrhea incident. Did your kitty have a snack? Go outside? Nibble on some plants? Did you change their food?
- Give your cat’s digestive system a break – For the next few days either let your cat fast or slow down their diet. If you choose to do the fast, don’t let your cat eat anything for 24 hours. Of course, give them water. After 24 hours, you can reintroduce some food for your cat but make it a mild mix. Let them eat some soft rice with minced meat. If rice doesn’t work try some potato or pasta.
- Get rid of the cheap cat food – If you’re feeding your cat cheap cat food, stop. The dyes and and processed foods are actually hard on your cat’s digestive track and make it harder to process.
- Get rid of plants – Many plants are poisonous and in general are not kind to your kitty’s digestive track. I’ve learned this the hard way so just keep them away from your cat.
- Destress – If your cat’s been going through lots of stress (maybe there’s a new kid in the house, a new animal, a change in location), your cat may react by diarrhea-ing. So let them decompress and relax.
- Call the vet – If you see blood, or the diarrhea has gone on for more than 24 hours, or it’s accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting, fever, weight loss, and trouble walking, go see the vet. Better safe than sorry.
Hope this little guide helps. And remember, KEEP KITTY HYDRATED! You’d do the same if you had diarrhea. The major worry of cat diarrhea is dehydration, so make sure there’s plenty of water around.
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